10 ways to guarantee you get the best tradies
Proven ways to hire the best tradies
25th February 2017
Some people need to hire the best tradies and getting work done on their house or property. If you are one of them, then your most important tasks is to select the right tradie. The right choice will arrive on time, do the job at a high professional standard and help with ideas or suggestions on how to improve your existing plan.
In contrast, a poor choice will arrive late (or not at all), throw your schedule out, which may cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars, and not be interested in adding suggestions or help. The consequences of the wrong choice for the work you want done doesn’t really bear thinking about!
Australia boasts some of the most stringent work standards in the world, and as a result we have some of the globe’s best tradespeople. Australian tradies in general have a fantastic reputation and the majority are professional and will do a great job with skill, punctuality and courtesy. However, as with all professions, there are those who stand out for the wrong reasons. But how do you choose the good from the bad? It’s so important to be able to choose the tradespeople who will act in a professional way and do the very best job at a reasonable price.
Check tradie experience
This may be crucial if you’ve got a specialist renovation job that needs completing. For example, perhaps your house is older and requires special consideration with items such as asbestos removal. It is important that the team is experienced in the job. Check the “about us” page to find out qualifications or contact them directly to find out their background.
Check tradie qualifications
A given. Always check the tradie’s certificates to make sure they are who they say they are. There are always cowboys in any profession and it’s important to deal with professionals. Our ComparetheTradie service will give you an excellent choice of the highest quality tradespeople in your area for the work you need to be done. We monitor the tradies to ensure you get the best.
Check tradie insurances
Even the best tradies may have mishaps, accidents or make errors. Always check they have up-to-date insurance to cover these eventualities.
Check tradie examples of previous work
Check the work they have previously done online or on their website. Social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook now offer people an instant selection of a professional’s work. Also, don’t hesitate to ask for references from previous clients.
Word of mouth and online testimonials of the tradie
Another excellent way to judge a professional’s work is to check word-of-mouth or online opinion. Ask around — or on a local social media site — if anyone can recommend a good local professional. Better still use a free online tradesperson comparison site that vets the best tradies, such as comparethetradie.com.au lets you see the tradies profile including pictures and testimonials
Does the tradie give you suggestions?
The best tradies will be confident and experienced enough to offer suggestions to improve your project. This could be invaluable as it could end up saving you a considerable amount of money as well as helping towards getting the best results. An example may be added kitchen renovation ideas which not only enhance your own thoughts but help take the design to the next level. Always choose a tradie who is interested in helping you benefit from their experience.
Are the tradies from local place?
Being a local tradesperson is a key advantage. Not only will a shorter travelling distance help them to adhere to timetables, it will also be a key factor in understanding local conditions. One example is local knowledge of the pests (such as termites) from which houses need protecting.
Are they flexible enough to work around a changing timeline?
Often schedules on jobs can change, this maybe due to the weather or delays caused by other tradespeople. Can your tradie put back a schedule for a week or two, or even start earlier? The ability to be flexible may end up saving you time and money and will give you added freedom when drawing up your renovation or landscaping plan of action.
Three is the magic number
If you are planning on a sizeable job, lets say over $5,000, then we recommend getting three quotes. It is important to get a feel for the market and getting three quotes gives you an idea of the average your project will cost. Make sure quotes are in depth and have all aspects of your job included.
Be wise and see if the price is right or not
It is often tempting to go for the cheapest quote – let’s face it, we all love a bargain right? Unfortunately picking the cheapest quote when it comes to your renovation could mean that work is done below industry standards and even putting your health at risk. Another thing to be wary about when picking your tradie is that everything is in the quote, often the cheapest quote may be missing vital details that you will be charged as an “extra” down the line.
It is important to understand exactly what you want to be done before you decide to hire. Only a vague idea will make it hard for professionals to understand what it is they are required to do. However, while having a plan is one thing, always be prepared to be flexible and ready to change should circumstances dictate this to be necessary.
If you do need a tradesperson and haven’t got the time to do the time consuming research, contact us at ComparetheTradie. Our unique service puts you in touch with three quality and experienced people in your area to do the work you require. Simply join the website, log details of your project and we’ll send you details of three qualified businesses interested in your business listing within 48 hours.
The importance of making the right selection cannot be overstated. Finding a tradie who is qualified, experienced, punctual and helpful will make your project so much easier!
Credit chief copy writer Rich Bowden
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